Royce Eddington

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Date: November 4, 2009

AT&T now whining that Verizon plays too rough!

Why AT&T sucks - Exhibit #4328

Why AT&T sucks - Exhibit #4328

AT&T, the juggernaut with such dainty feet of clay, just filed a lawsuit against Verizon. For having the nerve to show their craptacular coverage map in comparison to theirs. On the article on Engadget, “AT&T thinks Verizon is trying to fool viewers into thinking that they can’t use any AT&T phone services outside of 3G coverage areas by showing two essentially different maps. Since Verizon’s entire network is 3G, the gaps in the red map are actual service gaps — but Verizon doesn’t show that the gaps on the AT&T map might be covered by AT&T’s huge 2G network.”

Ah ha ha ha ha ha!!!! Whoo!! That was a good one!

AT&T is not arguing the fact that their 3g service isn’t even in the same ballpark as Verizon’s network. Just that you “might” be able to downshift to 2g, and you “might” still be able to make phone calls outside their mapped area. And that Verizon “might” be confusing some people about that very important piece of trivia.

Way to solve the wrong problem, AT&T!

In case I haven’t mentioned it before, I know firsthand that AT&T’s cellular service sucks. All the calls I make or receive on my iPhone drop 3/4 of the time. No warning, no nothing. Just three beeps and it’s gone. In addition, I’ll have my phone right next to me at home or at work, and suddenly five missed calls show up – no ringing incoming call notification at all. SMS messages sometimes don’t show up until after a reboot. And when AT&T’s rotten service does work, about 1/4 of the time I get a choppy connection with the other person dropping in and out of the call or otherwise sounding like a robot with a broken voicebox.

My wife and I got an iPhone the same day. We both have the same problems. We’ve switched SIM cards. Updated to the latest and greatest OS. Even tested the phones in other cities we traveled to across the US. It’s the same horrendous service everywhere we go.

If Verizon wants to fight AT&T on this, I think the best way to do it would be to just show how people with an iPhone have been putting up with the trash AT&T calls a cellular network. Show in a court how the AT&T signal drops. Put a video up of how the iPhone will constantly fail when simply driving across any major city. Heck, put up the quote from AT&T CEO John Donovan himself that AT&T can’t handle all the iPhone traffic! (Related links Here and Here and Here too.) And then directly compare AT&T’s service with any of their own plans.

The truth hurts! Use it!

As of today, I’ve successfully managed to keep over 20 people (and their families) away from AT&T this year. And as soon as my contract is up with AT&T early next year, I’m jumping to Verizon. To the new Andriod to be exact. Check it out here if you haven’t seen the droid site yet. It kicks AT&T’s sorry butt all over the place.

Why stay with a company that promises they will get better any minute now? I’m paying for good service right now. If it wasn’t for this contract, I would have dropped this pile of junk within two months of owning it.

And Apple? If you want to save the iPhone? And those million billion apps you have out there? Drop AT&T. You’re going to get killed by association.

Recall : Some products from bodybuilding.com may have steroids

Another FDA recall notice today concerns bodybuilding.com. According to the FDA, “As part of its ongoing cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration… Bodybuilding.com… announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide and international recall of all lots and expiration dates of 65 dietary supplement products… that were sold through the Company’s website.”

Apparently some of these ingredients in some of these supplements may have been spiced with steroids. “Specifically, the FDA has advised the Company of its concern that the Recalled Products may contain the following ingredients that are currently classified, or the FDA believes should be classified, as steroids: “Superdrol,” “Madol,” “Tren,” “Androstenedione,” and/or “Turinabol.””

Why do I suddenly hear the voices of Hans and Franz?

Here’s the official recall list…

4Ever Fit D-Drol
Advanced Muscle Science Dienedrone
Advanced Muscle Science Liquidrone UTT
Anabolic Xtreme Hyperdrol X2
APS (aka Advanced Muscle Science) Mastavol
APS (aka Advanced Muscle Science) Revamp
APS (aka Advanced Muscle Science) Ultra Mass Stack
APS (aka Advanced Muscle Science) Ripped Stack
Better Body Sports Finadex
Black China Labs Straight Drol
Black China Labs Straight Phlexed
Body Conditioning Solutions TestraFLEX
Bjorklund Methyldrostanolone
BOSC Enterprises Epi-Tren
BOSC Enterprises Magna Drol
Chaparral Labs Epivol
Chaparral Labs Pheravol-V
Competitive Edge Labs M-Drol
Competitive Edge Labs P-Plex
Competitive Edge Labs X-tren
Diabolic Labs Epio-Plex
Diabolic Labs Finabolic 50
Diabolic Labs Revenge
Ergopharm 6-OXO
Ergopharm 6-OXO Extreme
EST (aka Engineered Sports Technology) MethAnstance
Extreme Labs Susto-Test Depot
Fizogen ON Cycle II Hardcore
G.E.T/ (Genetic Edge Technologies) SUS-500
G.E.T/ (Genetic Edge Technologies) Tren-250
Hardcore Formulations T-Roid
I Force Nutrition 1,4 AD Bold 200
I Force Dymethazine/Reversitol Combo Pack
I Force Reversitol
I Force Nutrition 17a PheraFLEX
I Force Nutrition Dymethazine
I Force Nutrition Methadrol
IDS (aka Innovative Delivery Systems) Bromodrol
IDS (aka Innovative Delivery Systems) Grow Tabs TR
IDS (aka Innovative Delivery Systems) Mass Tabs
IDS (aka Innovative Delivery Systems) Oxodrol Pro
IDS (aka Innovative Delivery Systems) Ripped Tabs TR
IDS (aka Innovative Delivery Systems) Rapid Release
Ripped Tabs
Kilo Sports Massdrol
Kilo Sports Phera-Mass
Kilo Sports Trenadrol
Monster Caps Monster Caps
Myogenix Spawn
Nutra Coastal D-Stianozol
Nutra Coastal H-Drol
Nutra Coastal MDIT
Nutra Coastal S-Drol
Nutra Coastal Trena
Performance Anabolics Methastadrol
Performance Anabolics Tri-Methyl X
Purus Labs E-pol Inslinsified
Purus Labs Nasty Mass
Rage RV2
Rage RV3
Rage RV4
Rage RV5
Redefine Nutrition Finaflex 550-XD
Redefine Nutrition Finaflex Ripped
Transform Supplements Forged Extreme Mass
Transform Supplements Forged Lean Mass

Here’s the link to the official FDA recall notice. And here’s a link to bodybuilding.com.

Recall : Pelican Bay’s Caramel Chocolate Truffle Hot Chocolate Mix

In another recall announcement, “Pelican Bay… is recalling all their Caramel Chocolate Truffle Hot Chocolate Mix because it may contain undeclared tree nuts…. Caramel Chocolate Truffle Hot Chocolate Mix is packaged in a cone shape poly bag with a hanging tag attached to the front of the package and SKU# 3204, UPC 94522 01015 on the back of the label.”

Tree nuts are pretty much everything *except* peanuts, coconuts, nutmeg and water chestnuts. Cashews, almonds, pecans and walnuts all count as tree nuts.

Here’s a link to the official FDA recall notice.

Recall : Centurion Medical Products : Premie Pack and Meconium Pack

Centurion Medical Products announced they will be recalling some of their.. “Premie Pack, Kit Code LM 110 and Full Term Meconium Pack, Kit Code LM115” for a pretty simple reason. Some of the internal diameters of the pack tubes are a bit smaller than the diameter listed on the package. This could “result in an inability to remove secretions and cause partial or complete blockage of the airway and the inability to ventilate the patient.” D’oh!

Here’s a link the FDA recall notice and here’s a link to the list of Centurion products that are affected.

Busy bee

While mowing this weekend in some very nice 80 degree weather, I noticed this single tiny bee pollinating every flower he could find. You can see him near the bottom in this next photo.

Busy Bee 2

Busy Bee 2

He was buzzing into one of the small flowers, moving around a bit, then buzzing away to another open flower on the same stem.

Busy Bee

Busy Bee

He was working on half the garden when I started mowing and he was still working on the other half when I was done. And all by himself. Pretty impressive.

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